Help my lower school child with remote learning

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Remote Learning Planning Document (RLP)

An email will be sent from administration on Sunday afternoon with a link to each grade level's remote learning documents. These documents will contain everything your child will need for the week (Morning meeting links, synchronous meetings, Check-in times, etc.)

PLEASE NOTE: Teachers will be working on the document throughout the week so please have your child check back daily to ensure content has not changed

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Students can access these documents by completing the following steps:

  1. Open an Internet Browser window (Google Chrome, Safari, etc.)
  2. Type the Tinyurl at the top of the remote learning document and press return

It is recommended that students complete the following:

  1. Attend Morning Meetings, Synchronous Homebase class time and Special Area class times
  2. Complete the assignments provided for each day
  3. Attend their weekly check-in with their teacher

The activities at the end of each day are supplemental for students and families

Synchronous Class Times

Students are invited to attend the following Synchronous Class times. All of the links will be marked with a Zoom icon (in addition to their Meeting IDs and passwords) and will be included in the remote learning plans for each grade level. Students can access these meetings from their devices by clicking the links provided in the remote learning document.

Morning Meeting

Held daily at 8:30am and hosted by their Homebase Teachers on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays of each week. On Wednesdays, and Thursday’s other members of our faculty and administration will host Zoom Morning Meetings for each of the classes.

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Synchronous Class Time

Will be held by Homebase Teachers on Mondays, Tuesday and Fridays of each week.  The two hour session will cover the daily lessons while providing students time to collaborate with their peers and ask clarifying questions.

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Special Area Class Time

Students are asked to attend Special Area Classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week.  The 30 minute session will allow students to collaborate with their peers and ask their special area teachers clarifying questions on their work.

Norms & Suggestions

See this document with information on Supporting Norms for Synchronous Morning Meetings

Weekly Check-ins

Each student will have one check-in per week with a homebase teacher. We think this personal connection will be increasingly important as our time away from school progresses.

  1. Homebase Teachers will be sending out an email to families to sign up for check-ins through Calendly.
  2. Parents will sign up for a check in on Wednesday or Thursday of the week
  3. Parents will receive email confirmations.
  4. Students can access their weekly check-in links by navigating to the day of their check-in (Wednesday or Thursday) and clicking on the 1-on-one check-in sheet at the top of the date
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Digital Learning Platforms

The following are digital learning platforms that are being used across the lower school. For detailed information on how to login to these platforms please review our detailed LS Digital Learn ing Platforms article

Accessing Digital Learning Platforms

Accessing our Digital Learning Platforms varies depending upon your child's grade level.


Seesaw is a digital platform that will allow students to submit assignments with their homebase teachers. This platform will also allow for teachers to provide purposeful feedback to students. For more information on logging in and submitting work via Seesaw, review our detailed tech article.

Lexia Core 5

Lexia Core 5 is a supplemental Reading resource for students that reinforces reading skills. This adaptive program targets the following six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Lexia will meet your child at their reading level and provide them with additional reading practice. Please familiarize yourself with our Usage guidelines on Lexia Core 5

For detailed instructions on how to login to Lexia Core 5 review our detailed LS Digital Learning Platforms article.

Dreambox Learning

DreamBox uses adaptive technology to assess students’ mathematical strategies and accuracy, and provides individually designed learning pathways. The program engages students with an interactive, multimedia environment that helps them develop an understanding of what is happening behind the numbers, while at the same time providing solid skills practice. Please familiarize yourself with our Usage Guidelines and for Dreambox Learning

For detailed instructions on how to login to Dreambox Learning review our detailed LS Digital Learning Platforms article

Pearson Easybridge

Pearson Easybridge provides our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students with access to a digital version of their Investigations Math Book. Additionally, it provides video explanations of math concepts and reinforces said concepts with interactive activities and games.

For detailed instructions on how to login to Pearson Easybridge review our detailed LS Digital Learning Platforms articles


GetEpic is an online subscription book service that provides students with 40,000 high quality, illustrated books and chapter books for children ages 12 and under.

For detailed instructions on how to login to GetEpic review our detailed LS Digital Learning Platforms articles

Here is one way you may choose a "Just-Right" reading book

General Web-based Resources

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Storyline Online receives over 100 million views annually from children all over the world.

Online Games and Activities

ABCya (Pre-K-Grade 5)

ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades Pre-K through 6. Our activites are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun… ABCya is used by over 100 million kids each year, in countless classrooms and homes around the world. Our activities are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. We even have games that are just plain fun (and safe) to play! With so much variety, there is sure to be something for kids at all learning levels and styles. No logins are required to play.

IXL (Pre-K-Grade 5)

IXL offers a delightful experience, full of vibrant visuals, interactive questions, and exciting prizes. Learning becomes an adventure where students build the confidence to explore new concepts and rise to any challenge. With IXL, your children will learn at their own pace—IXL's adaptive questions automatically adjust to just the right level of difficulty. A wide variety of question types keeps practice sessions fresh and enables all types of learners to reach their full potential. No logins are required to play.

(NEW) Common questions about Lower School technology needs

We've gotten a lot of questions from lower school parents eager to make sure their students are setup for success and we really appreciate the thoughtfulness everyone is showing in preparing.

How do we login to my child’s Chromebook?

Your 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students should login to their Chromebook using their RCS credentials (username and passphrase). Passphrases were distributed via an email from Dr. Jonathan King on Friday, March 28th. Please refer back to that email for credentials.

**Please note that only RCS Accounts can login to RCS Chromebooks and PK-2nd grade students do not have RCS Accounts

How do we access the Remote Learning Plan document on my child’s device?

Students can access the Remote Learning Planning (RLP) documents by completing the following steps:

  1. Open an Internet browser window (Google Chrome, Safari, etc.)
  2. Type the 'Tinyurl' at the top of the remote learning document and press return.
    • They will look something like this (this one won't work!)
  3. We suggest you bookmark the RLP for easier access throughout the week. There will be a new RLP document each week.

How do we play the videos in the Remote Learning Plan document on my child's device?

You should be able to watch the videos in the RLP. How you do so depends on what device you are using:

  • A device managed by RCS: click the video link in the RLP and it will play correctly.
  • A Chromebook you manage: click the video link in the RLP and it should play correctly.
  • An iPad you manage: Most newer iPads should have no problem playing the video in Safari. We have noticed that some older iPads won't be able to play the videos in Safari. If you encounter that issue, please install Chrome on the iPad. We understand that your Screen Time settings may block installation of Chrome; in that case you'll need to consider modifying those restrictions.

How do we get the Lexia Core 5, Dreambox and Clever credentials for my child?

We are in the process of streamlining how you access all of these programs. We will be communicating with families in the coming days on how to login. Please note these programs are supplementary resources and are meant to be optional for 1st - 5th grade students. We will update this entry when new information is available.

Is our RCS device setup to do Zoom meetings?

All RCS distributed Chromebooks and iPads have the zoom app pre-installed. You can locate the Zoom application on the iPad home screen. This article provides step by step instructions on how to join a zoom meeting from your child’s chromebook.

How does my child use Zoom on a device we own?

You can download the Zoom application from the Zoom downloads page. If you are using a personal Chromebook, we recommend you login to the Chromebook using your child’s RCS credentials to ensure you have all the appropriate services available. You may be restricted on what is available to you using a personal account for a child under 13. If you install your own management system or parental controls, please make sure you are familiar with how it works to ensure it won’t conflict with the needs of your child. Children, however, will NOT need to login to Zoom directly to access their morning meetings or one on one check-in's.

How do we use Zoom on my child’s device when we can’t email the link to my child?

We have a "walled garden" email system for the Lower School to facilitate teaching students proper emailing techniques in a safe environment. This means you cannot email your child's RCS Account, and they cannot email you.

In most cases, the Zoom links are in the Remote Learning Plan Document that the student can open on their device. If you have a Zoom that isn’t linked on the RLP, we suggest you open the Zoom application on their device, then enter the Meeting ID followed by the Meeting Password (if required). We recommend that parents are accessible if their child needs assistance.

How do we access my child’s RCS Account on a device we own?

Your 3rd, 4th and 5th grade child can access their RCS Account by opening an Internet browser and going to For more information on what resources they have available on their Riverdale page, read our how do I article on accessing digital learning platforms.

How do I access myRiverdale on an iPad?

Please install the Okta Mobile app to access myRiverdale applications. On first launch you will be asked for the Site Name, Username, and Password. See below for details.

  • Site Name:
  • Username: RCS Username (do not include
  • Password: RCS Email Passphrase

You will also be asked to set up a pin. This 4-Digit pin is used to access the Okta Mobile app without needing to sign in every time. Create a 4-Digit pin that you will remember (we do not have access to this pin).

How do we get more help?

There are several ways that you can get in touch with us if you or your student(s) are having problems accessing their lessons or our digital tools:

In both cases, your request will go into our support queue and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.